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K–12 teaching and learning · from the UNC School of Education

Field trip opportunities in Madison County

Rural Life Museum at the Liston B. Ramsey Center for Regional Studies, Mars Hill College
Through its exhibits and programs, the Rural Life Museum helps students to learn about their rich rural heritage.
Format: article/field trip opportunity
Western North Carolina Air Quality Awareness Program
The NC Division of Air Quality in Western North Carolina offers free programs in schools on a variety of air quality topics.
Format: article/field trip opportunity

Learn more about Madison County

Advertisement for Warm Springs Hotel
Advertisement for Warm Springs Hotel
The Warm Springs, Madison County, Western North Carolina. Howerton & Klein, Proprietors. Hot, Warm, Tepid and Cold Baths. Readily accessible from every section of the United States, over. East Tennessee, Virginia and Georgia Railroad, and Connecting lines...
Format: image/poster
Buncombe County Turnpike: GIS map
Buncombe County Turnpike: GIS map
The Buncombe Turnpike through North Carolina's mountains was built between 1824 and 1828 along the Drovers' Road, so called, because drovers used the road to lead herds of animals (droves) to market. The Turnpike was an important road until the 1880s, when...
Format: image/map
Changing communities: Past vs. future
In this lesson, students will learn about the geographical, political, and technological issues that have influenced change in mountain communities using oral histories by Madison County residents. They will learn about the history of road building in the North Carolina mountains and the relatively recent decision to connect two halves of interstate highway in Madison County. They will compare and contrast the negative and positive changes that road construction has brought to the region, and listen to oral histories of locals who have experienced both good and bad effects.
Format: lesson plan
The French Broad River in Hot Springs, North Carolina
The French Broad River in Hot Springs, North Carolina
This is a bridge over the French Broad River in Hot Springs, North Carolina.
Format: image/photograph
The Great Depression and World War II
Primary sources and readings explore the history of North Carolina and the United States during the Great Depression and World War II (1929–1945).
Format: book (multiple pages)
The Great Depression: Impact over time
In this lesson students listen to oral history excerpts from Stan Hyatt from Madison County and evaluate how the Great Depression affected one North Carolina family over time.
Format: lesson plan (multiple pages)
The growth of tourism: Warm Springs
In North Carolina in the New South, page 5.9
Advertisement for Warm Springs (now Hot Springs) in Madison County, North Carolina, from the late nineteenth century. Includes historical commentary about the region, tourism, and nineteenth-century medicine.
Format: pamphlet/primary source
Commentary and sidebar notes by L. Maren Wood.
The Home Guard
In North Carolina in the Civil War and Reconstruction, page 6.10
Letter from a commander of North Carolina's Civil War Home Guard to Governor Zebulon Vance, explaining the chaos in the western part of the state and his efforts to keep order and asking the governor for assistance. Includes historical commentary.
Format: letter/primary source
Interstate highways from the ground up
In Postwar North Carolina, page 2.3
NCDOT resident engineer Stan Hyatt lived in Madison County most of his life, and he loved hunting and exploring the mountain when he was younger. He helped design and build I-26, a project that meant the destruction of some of the environment where he grew up. He talks about the costs and benefits of highway construction in this interview.
Format: interview
By Kristin Post.
Interstate highways from the ground up
This lesson gives students a first-hand opportunity to hear about the planning and effort it takes to build a highway by through an oral history of a North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) resident engineer.
Format: lesson plan (multiple pages)
Kite-flying at Max Patch, Madison County, North Carolina
Kite-flying at Max Patch, Madison County, North Carolina
This is Max Patch in Madison County, North Carolina. It is a popular stop along the Appalachian Trail, a hiking trail that runs from Maine to Georgia. It is a mountain bald, a mountaintop area naturally devoid of trees. A carriage trail cuts through the middle...
Format: image/photograph
The lasting impact of the Great Depression
In The Great Depression and World War II, page 3.12
Oral history interview with a Madison County, North Carolina, man about how the Great Depression affected his family and community long after the economic downturn ended. Includes historical commentary.
Format: interview/primary source
Commentary and sidebar notes by L. Maren Wood.
Map of Madison County, North Carolina
Map of Madison County, North Carolina
This map of Madison County, North Carolina shows township boundaries as well as Mars Hill.
Format: image/map
Mars Hill College in Mars Hill, North Carolina
Mars Hill College in Mars Hill, North Carolina
This is Mars Hill College in Mars Hill, North Carolina. It is located about fifteen miles north of Asheville. It is a private liberal arts school affiliated with the North Carolina Baptist Convention. The college was founded in 1856. Originally, it was named...
Format: image/photograph
North Carolina in the Civil War and Reconstruction
Primary sources and readings explore North Carolina during the Civil War and Reconstruction (1860–1876). Topics include debates over secession, battles and strategies, the war in North Carolina, the soldier's experience, the home front, freedom and civil rights for former slaves, Reconstruction, and the "redemption" of the state by conservatives.
Format: book (multiple pages)
North Carolina in the New South
Primary sources and readings explore North Carolina in the decades after the Civil War (1870–1900). Topics include changes in agriculture, the growth of cities and industry, the experiences of farmers and mill workers, education, cultural changes, politics and political activism, and the Wilmington Race Riot.
Format: book (multiple pages)
The old-fashioned soda shop at Mars Hill College
The old-fashioned soda shop at Mars Hill College
This is an old-fashioned soda shop at Mars Hill College in Mars Hill, North Carolina. Mars Hill College is located about fifteen miles north of Asheville. It is a private liberal arts school affiliated with the North Carolina Baptist Convention. The college...
Format: image/photograph
Postwar North Carolina
Primary sources and readings explore the history of North Carolina and the United States during the postwar era (1945–1975).
Format: book (multiple pages)
The remnants of an old spa in Hot Springs, NC
The remnants of an old spa in Hot Springs, NC
These are the remnants of an old spa in Hot Springs, North Carolina. In the late 1700s, Hot Springs, then known as Warm Springs, became a popular destination for travelers during the American Revolution. A tavern was established there and was later the site...
Format: image/photograph
The Shelton Laurel massacre
In North Carolina in the Civil War and Reconstruction, page 6.9
In 1862, Union sympathizers and Confederate deserters from Madison County, North Carolina, raided farms to steal food and supplies. In response, the 64th North Carolina infantry rounded up fifteen men and executed all but two, though only five of the men killed had taken part in the raid.
Format: article